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Finding a reputable web designer

    • 16 posts
    June 20, 2012 1:00 AM EDT

    Good topic. As my view if you want to get good web designer then you can find on forum that you enjoy, and spend good time on it, and find a good designer that everyone has used and see examples of their work.

     

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    • 32 posts
    November 2, 2008 6:14 AM EST
    Roland
    That is great advice.  I found my web designer by asking other people who they used.

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    • 90 posts
    November 1, 2008 4:08 PM EDT
    Roland, good points. As far as prices, my observation, bases on talking with clients, is that clients who never had a web site are deceived by online ads that tell you that you can get a good web site for $500 (e.g. Heritage Web design). So they expect your prices to be at that level. Now yes they can probably get something from a friend or nephew who started learning Photoshop and Dreamweaver 2 weeks ago for $500, but it will be waste of time and money and result will be absolutely inefficient piece of sh*t web site, not a tool for business.
    I also noticed that people who already have a web site for their business understand a lot better first how much value can a good web site have (and how disappointing for business can be having a bad web site), and secondly they understand better what it takes to make a good web site that will make money for the company.
    In my company we target the second kind of clients - the ones who already have a web site and need redesign or need another web site. As far as business owners who never had a web site before - I feel almost pointless even offering them anything.

    • 57 posts
    November 6, 2008 5:05 AM EST
    I agree with infilta.  It can be frustrating doing the work of evaluating needs, speaking with the client, and putting together a design proposal, only to be told they were expecting a $500 price tag.  That`s not even enough to cover the theoretical of the design.  There should be hours of work put into the design before you even start to see it come together.  The last thing you want is a website that is built to not accomplish any of your goals.  That being said, we also prefer to do business with clients who have websites - for precisely that reason.  They already know what they are getting into.  However, we`re a small business, and I come from a small business family, so we reserve a percentage of clients as small business owners.  One of the features we offer is the ability to offset their web design costs.  We can`t make a site for $500, but we can finance you over the year instead of all up front.  The biggest thing for someone finding a web designer is don`t be cheap - and don`t entertain the lowest offer unless you`re willing to make huge sacrifices to your online business dealings.  Instead opt for a payment plan.  If they don`t offer it in house maybe try a small-business loan.
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    • 39 posts
    December 16, 2012 11:16 PM EST

    Find a reputable web designer is not difficult in this advanced technology time because more and more persons attract about this fields. If you want to hire a professional firm then first of all you search on internet it really helps in this.

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    • 37 posts
    August 13, 2012 7:59 PM EDT

    You shared good tips for finding a reputable web designer. Portfolio should be checked, web sites that made by them for the clients. Check how the web site is being displayed in both the Firefox and the explorer. Because they don't display exactly the same in both browser.

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    • 6 posts
    August 19, 2012 3:35 PM EDT

    Do you know how to do your market research before you out up your site ? Before you even consider putting up a website you need to do a thorough marketing research in the niche or industry you are looking to get into. The reason I say this is because you should be thinking of, Can you get your site on the first page of Google ? 

    If you can not get your site on the first page of Google then you will have an uphill battle ranking your site and doing the SEO, Backlinking, Profile Links, Forum Links, Article writing, Social Media and everything else it takes to rank your website. 

    If you are building a website for a Local Business the same applies. Except you need to be in all the local business social platforms and local search engines. 

    These are some of things that you should be aware of before even starting a website. I recently was checking out a website building service that charged $5,000 a month and didn't even guarantee to get the website on the first page of Google. For this kind of money I can have five sites built and on the first page of Google. Seriously.

    All the best,

    Reinaldo

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    • 747 posts
    October 31, 2008 9:52 AM EDT
    Ok, you`ve decided that you need a web presence, or your old web site needs to be updated, or you need more traffic or features, etc. 
    The good and the bad news is there are so many people and companies offering web design services. How do you find the one that`s right for you and avoid getting ripped off?
     
    We`ve all heard about people that pay for a website and never get one completed, or even started, or the resulting site just doesn`t perform as anticipated.  As a web designer, those stories make me ill. 
     
    In general, follow the same method you would use to hire or retain any other "professional" for yourself or your business. Talk to them, get samples of their work, and get references.
     
    Talk to the web designer
    I think this is a critical step. You can get a feel for how the designer will communicate (and work) with you. As a designer, I think it`s important because it allows me to learn about the potential client, their business, their goals and expectations. This conversation enables the designer to better formulate a web solution to achieve your business goals.
    Tip: The designer should ask you questions about your business, how you do things, and your thoughts for the future. Also, try to avoid talking with any "salespeople" they aren`t the ones creating your web site.
     
    View their work
    Most designers will have a portfolio of their work, depending upon how long they`ve been in the business. While their portfolio may not relate exactly to your business, it can provide some idea of how "professional" their end product looks. Ask to see more recent sites which may not be in their portfolio. Does the designer specialize in certain types of sites or do they have a diverse portfolio? If you need an ecommerce site, have they done any?
    Tip: In general, if a designer only has done web sites for lawyers, it doesn`t mean he/she couldn`t create a site for another type of business.  But if they have not done any ecommerce sites, understand they would have to "learn" on your dime.
     
    Get references
    Certainly ask the designer for references, understanding that he/she will give you "good" references. If they have a portfolio, go to those sites and contact them to ask about the designer. Tip: You want to discover how the designer is to work with, how long the project took, ask if they would use the designer again, etc. Also, you might just search the web for the designer`s name/web site followed by the word "complaint" to see if anything shows up.
     
    Selecting a one person design or larger firm is not as important as how they will work with you.
     
    Price - ok now the big question, cheap or expensive? You usually get what you pay for, and good designers are usually busy and know their value. Prices for web design vary greatly and depend on a lot of factors. Personally, I`ve priced ecommerce sites lower than normal because the job was to create two ecommerce sites (like a volume discount).
     
    ~Roland
    vwebworld10/31/2008 2:57 PM

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